We know what the government does with 'failing' schools; turns them into academies.... but what do they do with failing academies?
When Downhills Primary was described as 'failing' it was forced to become an academy, despite massive community and worker opposition, even the headteacher and governors opposed the forced conversion. But Gove et al ignored the workers and parents, the head resigned, the governors were sacked, and Harris Federation, an academy chain took over.
So it was interesting to read this week about Marlowe Academy in Kent, which has failed two Ofsted's in two years. After it first failed it was taken over by a chain, the Academies Education Trust, but now that it has failed again what happens?
They can't turn it into an academy, it already is one. They can't hand it over to a chain like they did recently with a Lincolnshire school, it's already part of one. And noticeably, these 'failing' academies don't make headlines, whereas, the flagship academy, Mossbourne in Hackney is never out of the bloody news, and not a day goes by without Gove or Wilshaw trash-talking the entire body of education workers and saying how shit teachers and state schools are generally.
Now obviously I have no respect for Ofsted, it's rotten to the core, so I don't place any faith in their ratings themselves. I'm simply pointing out the inconsistencies in the the steady march of Ofsted and the academies agenda. We already know academies don't work on the governments own terms, we know they're just as likely if not moreso to provide a standard of education worse than non-academy schools (according to the government's own yardsticks), and yet they're still bulldozing their way through public education and selling it off wholesale to their profit hard-on business mates.